Lacto-Fermented Apples

Apples are a fun and delicious ferment. The flavor is reminiscent of a fine wine. Choose apples that are firm and crisp. Granny Smith apples are a great choice. Other red skinned varieties also ferment well and will turn the brine into a beautiful pink color.

Wash, core and slice the apples then follow the instructions in our previous 'Lacto-Fermenting 101' posting. Include the addition of 1 tablespoon lime juice into the brine. 100 percent lime juice can be found in the health market. Apples are delicious when fermented alone but don't hesitate to experiment with various herbs and spices to suit your personal taste.

In these jars we used beautiful Napa cabbage leaves and celery sticks to keep the apples submerged under the brine. The average ferment time is 1 to 2 weeks. Fermented apples can be stored in the refrigerator for months.

Happy Fermenting!